Mayor Anthony Calderone will host his annual Toy Drive at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Cocina Lobos, 7321 W. Madison St. Bring a new and unwrapped gift, and stay for appetizers and drinks after. Questions? Call the Forest Park Community Center 708-771-7737.
The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at St. John Lutheran Church at 305 Circle Ave. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10. Donations tend to run low in December; this season, think of a gift outside the box, the organization asked.
Proviso East Basketball
The Proviso East Lady Pirates will face off against the Dolphins at Whitney Young High School's annual Chitown Shootout at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Gym at 211 S. Laflin St. in Chicago on Dec 8. The next day, the Lady Pirates will play the Warriors of Willowbrook High School at 4:30 p.m. at 1250 S. Ardmore Ave. in Villa Park.
The Proviso East Pirates boys team will play the Mustangs of Downers Grove South High School at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at 1436 Norfolk St. in Downers Grove.
The Illinois Department of Human Rights will host a fair housing training session at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Progress Center for Independent Living, 7521 Madison St. The training will provide a basic overview of fair housing laws, with an emphasis on accomodations and modifications for people with disabilities. RSVP to Gary Arnold at 708-208-1500, ext. 14, or email email@example.com.
St. Bernardine Fil-Am Association will hold its annual Simbang Gabi mass at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at 7246 Harrison St. Simbang Gabi literally translates to "night mass" in English from Filipino. After the mass, St. Bernardine will offer snacks in Fearon Hall.
Buy a book, get a beer
Forest Park Review columnist and contributing reporter Tom Holmes will be holding a book signing at Tacabron at 7330 Harrison St. from 6 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 10. Everyone who buys a copy of his new book, "The Soul of a Liberal Village," will get a free Mexican beer.
As you've likely noticed, our Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can't publish everything, but we'll do our best to feature the week's highlights.